Jonah-RudolphJosie Sexton, The Coloradoan

Some three hundred community members stepped for the first time into the Islamic Center of Fort Collins on Saturday, leaving their snow boots at the door and walking comfortably around the new 18,000-square-foot building.

“It’s a beautiful mosque,” said visitor Donna Ott, who was attending the event out of curiosity with her husband, Jim, and their 14- and 9-year-old daughters.

The Turkish-style mosque opened at 925 W. Lake St. in September after a year and a half of construction. Saturday marked the new building’s first public open house, and the center’s vice president Faiq Majeed couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout.

“Everybody is new today,” Majeed said.

Visitors ranged from couples and groups of teenagers to full families, with young ones running in sock-covered feet around the plush wall-to-wall carpet. …

Jonah Rudolph, an 18-year-old senior at Poudre High School, was making the call. His back to the audience, he covered his ears and faced the eastern wall as he sang out in Arabic. (Read more)

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